Meet Jo Lindsay – Activities Committee Chair

jo-lindsayJoanna (Jo) was born in Torrance, California on July 13th, 1940. She arrived with baggage in the form of an identical twin. Jo’s father was safety engineer for Columbia/US Steel and her grandfather grew citrus for Sunkist in Redlands, California.

The family moved to Redlands and remained for about ten years before relocating to Prescott, Arizona in 1955. Jo was a sophomore in high school and after graduation she attended Arizona State University. She transferred to ASC in Flagstaff (now NAU) where she met and married Larry after graduating in 1961.

The Lindsay’s first home was in Phoenix where their two daughters, Tara and Tracy, were born. Larry’s job transferred the Lindsay’s to Denver, Colorado and later to Tulsa, Oklahoma before returning them to Tempe, Arizona in 1970.

In 1974 Jo and Larry moved their family to Pinetop and purchased a motel. As if that wasn’t enough, they opened a real estate company, Diversified Realty.

Jo was active in her community serving on the board for Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District, Blue Ridge School Board, Association of Realtors and PTO. While serving on the school board, Jo was selected to represent Navajo County on the Federal Relations Network, where she lobbied Congress in Washington, D.C. She also participated in Class II for Project Central, a two-year leadership training program. Jo was the historian and while in Washington, D.C., she took Sandra Day O’Connor’s picture.Sandra told Jo “Don’t do that again!”

She participated in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and was Blue Ridge High School pom coach. Jo drove the school bus for extra-curricular activities such as skiing, football and basketball.  She ran the Bridge Marathon for Navapache Hospital Auxiliary and was named “Woman of the Year” in 1982 by Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce.  Jo also served as presidential aide for her mother who was the president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Jo helped Larry with conventions for Petroleum Equipment Institute in various locations including many in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jo worked as a supervisor for the Anaheim Convention center while Larry did two consulting jobs in California. The Lindsay’s returned to the White Mountains where Jo became general manager for Pineway Professionals. Her duties included overseeing a restaurant, three motels, and a convention center.

She was the first Activities Director for White Mountain Vacation Village. She continued even as she and Larry were selling lots in the Village.  Several times a year, Jo helps her daughter, Tracy, with a book fair to benefit the library of the school where Tracy teaches.

Jo and Larry have four grandchildren and Jo finds time to play bridge with long-time friends.  The Lindsay’s have lived in White Mountain Vacation Village since 2005 and now spend the winters in Mesa.

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